The Merger of Big Data Analytics And Virtual Reality

Virtual reality places you in an immersive and interactive 3D visual environment. Increasingly common in gaming technologies, virtual reality’s use in a business context is now being explored by forward-looking enterprises.

As data volume, variety and velocity continues to accelerate, we will increasingly encounter situations where two-dimensional desktop visualization of data is insufficient to convey context for advanced analytics, visualization and collaboration.

Virtual reality provides the context to use Big Data to make fast, confident decisions. Asset-intensive organizations such as utilities, transportation networks, and government will use virtual reality to understand and take action on big data to improve their performance.

  • The advantage of viewing data in 3D is that it’s more immersive and easier to absorb.

    - Fortune Magazine

    Eric Back PG&E / Manager Substation & Transmission Line Asset Strategy

Inspect A Substation In Virtual Reality

Conduct a virtual walk-through of a substation with malfunctioning equipment. Advanced analytics along your route notify you of specific issues and recommended remedies.

Intuitively Understand Big Data

Virtual reality provides context for what is otherwise overwhelming volumes and varieties of fast-moving data. Our visual processing connects to our brain’s natural process of comparing items, detecting anomalies and recognizing patterns. Observing and analyzing a visual stream is easier to understand and react to than looking at tables of time-series data.

Collaborate In Real Time

Virtual reality provides a shared space where multiple users can meet up to see and interact with the same environment and data in real time. It’s online conferencing taken to a whole new level. For instance, a retailer’s shipping manager and a transportation company agent can collaborate in virtual reality to re-route shipments delayed by severe weather.

With immersive visualization you can make sense of synchrophasor data that is too fast to analyze with standard business intelligence tools

Train With Less Expense And Risk

In virtual reality trainees practice tasks that are too expensive or hazardous for on-the-job training. The immersive environment provides all the visual and visceral feedback of live tasks, but in a safe, low cost, low stakes setting. Commercial airline pilots, air traffic controllers and ship captains currently use large simulators, which are essentially virtual reality environments, for training.

Stay Safe

Virtual reality presents workers a virtual version of a hazardous environment to assess and troubleshoot problems. The same data that informs an operator’s dashboard can be used to drive the virtual reality experience. For instance, nuclear engineers could tour a virtual version of an aging reactor core to assess conditions indicated by sensor data.